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AMA release fouled by internal glitch the week AP technical glitch breaks JAMA embargo

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For the second time in a month, an embargoed — well, sort of — press release has come back to bite an institution in the ass.

Last night, at 5:26 p.m. Eastern, the American Medical Association was forced to send this email, subject line “Note from AMA regarding technical glitch,” to its press list after sending out a release that should have been marked embargoed:

Please note: The vote on the Stabenow amendment has not yet taken place. The AMA statement in the previous email regarding that amendment is embargoed until the Senate vote is completed later this evening. We experienced a technical glitch and apologize sincerely for any inconvenience.

The original release, which went out a bit before 5 p.m. Eastern, began:

NEWS FROM THE AMA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2010

AMA APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF STABENOW AMENDMENT TO REPEAL 1099 REPORTING REQUIREMENT
Provision in the health reform law would place unnecessary burden on physician practices

WASHINGTON– The American Medical Association (AMA) today lauded the U.S. Senate’s vote to repeal an IRS 1099 reporting requirement for businesses that was included in the health reform law passed last year. The provision would require businesses, including physician offices, to file a 1099 form with the IRS if the total amount of payments made to another business in exchange for goods and services is $600 or more in a year.

That vote happened, of course, last night.

Embargo Watch readers will recall that on Tuesday, a JAMA study embargo fell victim to what the Associated Press called a “technical glitch” that led some sites to post stories early.

But the AMA release wasn’t the only one to give its distributor a headache recently. Last month, EurekAlert had to retract a release once it became clear that it came from the data-free zone. That only came to light after a reporter EurekAlert had sanctioned for a break last year wrote about it.

Oh, the humanity. This must be “Why Press Release Retractions Suck.”

Hat tips: Releases, Adam Marcus. “Why Press Release Retractions Suck,” Denise Graveline.

Written by Ivan Oransky

February 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Good catch!

    Medical Quack

    February 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm


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